Belle Boyd, or Isabella Maria Boyd, was a Confederate spy during the American Civil War.

Cleopatra of the Secession, Siren of the Shenandoah, and subsequently Confederate Mata Hari were all names given to her.

She was arrested twice and banished from the Union states, but she continued to send information to the Confederacy until the end of the Civil War.

Boyd was an accomplished actress and singer, and she used her talents to charm Union soldiers and officials into giving her information.

After the war, she published her memoirs, which provide an inside look at Confederate espionage operations.

You will find below a curated collection of the best ‘Belle Boyd’ quotes that you can read and share with others.


Best Belle Boyd Quotes

Politically I did not like Mr. Lincoln, for in him I saw the destroyer. ~ Belle Boyd.

Fortune has played me a sad trick by letting me live on and on. ~ Belle Boyd.

What a jolly thing military surveillance is! ~ Belle Boyd.

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I only wanted to help my people. ~ Belle Boyd.

The secession of the Southern States, individually or in the aggregate, was the certain consequence of Mr. Lincoln’s election. ~ Belle Boyd.

Famous Belle Boyd Quotes

There are those who maintain that in this world women have no right to interfere in the affairs of state, in politics, in plots and counterplots. Others that are who, more chivalrous, are willing to admit that women have as much right to act, think, and speak as men. ~ Belle Boyd.

As long as it served his purpose, Mr. Lincoln boldly advocated the right of Secession. ~ Belle Boyd.

I do not set myself up as an advocate of the woman’s right doctrine, but would rather appear in the character of a quiet lady expressing her sentiments, not so much to the public as to her immediate friends. ~ Belle Boyd.

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A true woman always loves a real soldier. ~ Belle Boyd.

If it is a crime to love the South, its cause and its President, then I am a criminal. I would rather lie down in this prison and die than leave it owing allegiance to a government such as yours. ~ Belle Boyd.

Top Belle Boyd Quotes

I firmly believe that in this fiery ordeal, in this suffering, misery, and woe, the South is but undergoing a purification by fire and steel that will, in good time, and by God’s decree, work out her own independence. ~ Belle Boyd.

Meanwhile, my residence within the Federal lines, and my acquaintance with so many of the officers, the origin of which I have already mentioned, enabled me to gain much important information as to the position and designs of the enemy. ~ Belle Boyd.

My memoirs were written, and a portion of them already in the hands of the publishers, when the startling news came which has thrilled all Europe and filled her inhabitants with horror – the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States. ~ Belle Boyd.

Just previous to the birth of my little son, my mind gave way and my child was born in the asylum for the insane at Stockton, Cal. My boy was buried there. ~ Belle Boyd.


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